If you thought that The Heat was just going to be a rough follow-up to Bridesmaids, it would appear you were wrong. After getting some very respectable reviews, The Heat is set to be the No. 1 new movie to open at the box office this weekend which means it will beat the action picture White House Down which may not even break the $30 million mark.
According to Deadline, The Heat brought in around $15 million on Friday and is set for a $40 million weekend at the box office. Much like Bridesmaids before it and like This Is The End did a few weekends ago, Paul Feig, Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock have managed to make an R-rated film one of the highest grossing films on it’s opening weekend and seems to be in store for a very successful theatrical run.
To add to the great weekend the film is set to have, consider that while it’s going to open No. 2 behind Monsters University, it only cost 20th Century Fox around $43 million to make The Heat. So a $40 million opening weekend will mean that the film made back 93 percent of it’s estimated budget in four days.
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That’s a truly incredible feat that everyone involved with the film needs to be proud of and relish in.
As for films that won’t be popping bottles this weekend, the Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx led White House Down made just $10.5 million on Friday and Deadline is predicting the total box office cume for the weekend will be around $30 million.
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In comparisson, White House Down cost roughly $150 million to produce meaning just 20 percent of it’s budget will have been made back in the opening weekend. Obviously overseas audiences will factor into the total take, but it appears as though White House Down has it’s work cut out for it if it wants to make it’s budget back.
The official numbers will be released on Monday.